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First-Class DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction Surgeons


Welcome to the Center for Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction, your trusted destination for DIEP Flap breast reconstruction in New Orleans and Southwest Florida. We bring more than 15 years of expertise in utilizing microsurgical techniques that utilize the patient's own tissue.

DIEP Flap breast reconstruction is an advanced procedure that offers natural and long-lasting results. By carefully transferring tissue from the lower abdomen, we can create a soft and natural breast mound while preserving muscle function.

Dr. Hugo St. Hilaire is a distinguished leader in the field of microsurgical breast reconstruction, known for his extensive experience and innovative approach. With a commitment to personalized care and exceptional outcomes, our team will guide you through every step of your journey, ensuring your comfort and satisfaction.

Experience the transformative power of DIEP Flap breast reconstruction at the Center for Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction, where our expertise and compassionate care set us apart. Contact us today to learn more about this innovative procedure and take the first step toward restoring your confidence and well-being.


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Breast Reconstructive Surgeons for DIEP Flap | New Orleans

Understanding DIEP Flap Reconstruction Surgery

The DIEP Flap (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator) procedure uses blood vessels (deep inferior epigastric perforators) and skin and fat from the lower abdomen to reconstruct a breast after mastectomy.

Here’s DIEP Flap surgery works:

  • Perforator flaps represent the state of the art in new breast reconstruction techniques. Replacing the skin and soft tissue removed at mastectomy with soft, warm, living tissue is accomplished by borrowing skin and fatty tissue from the abdomen.
  • A slim incision along the bikini line is made much like that used for a tummy tuck. The necessary skin, soft tissue, and tiny feeding blood vessels are removed. These tiny blood vessels are matched to supplying vessels at the mastectomy site and reattached under a microscope.
  • Restoration of the nipple and areola follow, completing the procedure.

Stacked Flap DIEP Reconstruction

We also offer stacked flap DIEP breast reconstruction, an innovative microsurgical technique that utilizes tissue from the lower abdomen to reconstruct the breast. This approach provides a natural-looking and feeling result, minimizing donor site morbidity and maximizing aesthetic outcomes.

Some of the benefits of stacked flap reconstruction include:

  • Natural Tissue Reconstruction: Utilizing the patient's own tissue from the abdomen to recreate the breast, resulting in a natural look and feel.
  • Minimized Risk of Abdominal Complications: The stacked flap technique allows for preservation of abdominal tissue, reducing the risk of hernias and bulges.
  • Enhanced Aesthetic Outcomes: By utilizing multiple flaps, our surgeons can sculpt the reconstructed breast with great precision, achieving symmetrical and aesthetically pleasing results.
  • Tailored Approach: Each stacked flap DIEP reconstruction is tailored to the individual patient's unique anatomy and aesthetic goals, ensuring personalized care and optimal outcomes.

SHAeP Flap Breast Reconstruction

For some women who would otherwise opt for DIEP flap reconstruction, the SHAeP (superior and inferior deep inferior epigastric perforator) flap technique may be a better choice. This approach utilizes tissue from both the upper and lower abdomen for a larger, more robust flap, making SHAeP an ideal option for women who are “too thin” for DIEP flap or have had previous abdominal surgeries.

Some of the benefits of SHAeP Flap reconstruction include:

  • Greater Tissue Availability: The use of both superior and inferior abdominal tissue allows for a larger tissue volume to recreate the breast.
  • Minimal Scarring: Unlike traditional DIEP flap reconstruction where there is a long horizontal scar across the lower abdomen, SHAeP flap reconstruction only leaves two small scars on the abdomen that are easily hidden by underwear or swimwear.
  • Improved Contouring Capabilities: By combining tissue from different areas of the abdomen, our surgeons can create a more natural-looking breast with improved contouring.
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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is a typical hospital stay for DIEP flap surgery?

While every patient's recovery may vary, a typical hospital stay for DIEP flap surgery lasts about 48 hours. 

What can I expect my breasts to look like after my DIEP breast flap surgery?

Scars typically fade significantly over time. Additionally, for many women, the reconstructed breast can be firmer and have a more youthful appearance compared to their natural breasts. Your DIEP flap surgeon can provide more detailed information about your results during a consultation.

What are some of the advantages of DIEP Flap breast surgery?

DIEP flap breast reconstruction offers many advantages, including:

  • More natural-feeling breasts
  • Greater symmetry than implants alone
  • Preservation of abdominal strength and stability through muscle-sparing technique
  • Avoidance of foreign body implantation

It’s also an effective solution for those with limited donor skin or who have experienced radiation therapy after mastectomy.

Will I need more than one breast reconstruction surgery to complete DIEP Flap?

The DIEP flap breast reconstruction is often a one-stage operation, meaning that all of the reconstruction is completed at once – unlike other procedures requiring multiple surgeries and implants. However, in some cases, additional surgeries may be required for further contouring and symmetry. Your doctor will discuss the details of your surgery plan with you before proceeding.

How can I get started with the best DIEP Flap surgeons near me?

It’s easy to schedule your first free consultation with Dr. St. Hilaire and the Center for Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction. Just fill out our online form, and we’ll determine together if you’re a candidate for surgery. We’re excited to meet you!

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